Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

November, 2006

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I'll try to give you an inside look at what goes on in Microsoft as I continue to build my career in this company.

 

 

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    Jason Chen (Gizmodo) pits Live Search Mobile vs Google Maps

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    So which is better? Without a doubt, Microsoft's was the winner. Nice to see a fair and truthful review about a Windows Mobile application versus a Java based one. If you haven't seen or been using it yet, download it here: http://wls.live.com/ You can...
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    UX Patterns at the SAF

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    We're at the Strategic Architect's Forum here on campus at the conference center for the next two days. Over 250 software architects are attending this high value event setup by the Architect Evangelists in Microsoft. I'll be co-chairing the UX (User...
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    Eileen Rumwell's new Not Only Technology blog.

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    Eileen's been a long time friend wayyyy back when I have not started working for Microsoft. I was a Microsoft Regional Director for Malaysia back then, and Eileen ran the RD Program . We got a lot of support and love from her as RDs. She made sure we...
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    Brrr.. Stay warm guys.

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    Driving to work today was an experience, especially for a person who grew up in a tropical environment . Took me over 5 minutes to drive up 100yards to the main street because it was iced up. Definitely need to get a 4x4. It's a freak snowstorm that left...
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    Windows Mobile Website Updated

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    We just launched the new updated Windows Mobile site at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile . It's got a couple of snazzy UI upgrades using flash and the following sections have been updated as well: Browse & Buy: Added filtering and device comparison...
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    Happy Thanksgiving, and what great news!

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    Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! and to everyone else, a big Thank You! for being a great audience, for commenting, for providing hard-core feedback and for being supportive. This morning, while having my coffee and roasted pecan nuts, I saw...
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    Windows Mobile E-Learning Courses (5150) now available!

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    This just out, the 5150AE Collection of E-Learning courses on Developing Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Applications Using Visual Studio 2005 is now online. Here are the courses that are covered: Collection 5150AE: Developing Microsoft® Windows Mobile®...
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    SWF2XAML-AF2XAMLCT

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    Cryptic!! but for those in the industry they'll recognize it straightaway. Thanks to Mike Swanson, a Technical Evangelist from Microsoft, now anyone can convert SWF frames into XAML. In it's first iteration, you can only convert frames, but his blog post...
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    Doing my bit for the honor of a righteous person.

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    If you do a quick search on Google or Live Search for "martin luther king" you'll notice that the TOP link that comes back points to a martinlutherkingdotorg site which is a pathetic attempt at desecrating the good pastor's name. Martin Luther King is...
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    Diet Zune

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    Feed Your Zune is a very cool application that allows you to subscribe to podcasts and vlogs and sync them onto your Zune. It comes with the following features: Automated download and syncing of Audio and Video Podcasts to your Zune. Full featured RSS...
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    So close...

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    * screenshot taken from the Vista Sidebar Stock Gadget at http://gallery.live.com
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    Micrsosoft Code Snippet Designer - Alpha is available!

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    For those of you who develop with Visual Studio 2005 would know, Code Snippets have you a TON of time. For those of you who do a lot of developer demos, code snippets are absolutely essential. Trying to make code snippets might sound easy, esp with guides...
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    Smartphones to catch up to Moore's Law

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    As reported on Smartphone Thoughts , HTC is working on a new version of the Excalibur called Cavalier . I can see it coming together now, my dream device . Checkout the features: "HTC has loaded it up with a 400MHz Samsung CPU ! Can you say fast? If that...
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    If I was making a Zune Phone...

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    As reported by Bloomberg , Steve said that eventually we'll have a Zune device with phone features. That's funny actually, we had that capability years ago; the Windows Mobile phone. But just in case, if we wanted to build a newer device that rides on...
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    160 characters in 42 seconds. I knew an Asian would prevail!

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    Text messaging is HUGE in Asia and in Europe. Not much so in the US, although the kids are catching up. I remember my first month in the US, being from Asia, sending lots of SMSes to my colleagues and friends but never getting any replies. After a while...
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    MEDC 2007 Call for Papers is Live!

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    Woot! here we go again. MEDC 2007's is happening next year in May 2007 and it's time to start collecting ideas and proposals for content. Here's your chance to make a difference at the event and suggest cool topics and to ensure your speaking slot. If...
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    On a lighter note: Fun with EULAs

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    Just installed Hubdog , a cool RSS reader with podcasting support. Thanks to our "friend" at msmobiles . Had a slight problem installing it, as it got stuck at the EULA screen for a while and wouldn't let me go "Next" because it kept on saying I need...
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    Some people just shoot their mouths off too quickly.

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    read this : http://msmobiles.com/news.php/5750.html his claim: Microsoft doesn't provide video via RSS aka Video Podcasting Ancient Method of "on demand delivery" *doh* my answer: channel9.msdn.com & on10.net not everybody has the privilege of living...
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    Why things get better at version 3.0?

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    If I had a penny for everytime I hear someone tell me that they'll wait for version 3.0 of any Microsoft software that we release before using it, ... (you know the rest). That said, let me try to explain why software is perceived to be useful or good...
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    Mobility Webcast DVD available for Order now

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    Sorry for the sales pitch but since we're not earning anything from this, I'd like to let everyone know that they can order a DVD containing the entire collection of Windows Mobile webcasts that we've done since the dawn of time on MSDN Webcasts. You...
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    Virtual MEDC? What do you think?

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    Mike and team successfully executed a Virtual product launch recently with Windows Embedded CE 6.0. We were discussing about the possibility of having the next MEDC have elements of a Virtual Launch and whether that makes sense. Will it reach out to more...
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    "Vista gone Gold!" - there I said it.

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    as Jim plainly puts it : It's time. I'm sure everybody has been mailbombed by this news so I'll just want to link to Jim Allchin's Channel9 Video. Link to official announcement from the Windows Vista Blog. Now lets see if the stock goes past $30 :)
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    Mobile Connections Sample Code

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    For those of you who were asking, here's the sample code i've used in the Managed Code example of my presentation today in Mobile Connections. Create a new VB Project to begin. Add these Import statements to the top of the code page: Imports Microsoft...
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    Can't go home

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    Just found out that the valley before Duvall (where I live) is flooded and both access roads are closed. Checkout the pictures my wife took just today. Taken 2 weeks ago: Taken today: here's her full post: http://theimperfectmom.com/?p=857 Looks like...
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    Looking for help locating some cables.

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    Hi all. I'm looking for a replacement cable for my CoPilot GPS system and can't seem to find it anywhere, be it Mobile Planet or ALK (CoPilot itself). Nobody seems to have this cable configuration. Funny thing is, it was shipped together with the CoPilot...
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